Wednesday 4 January 2017

Parchment Thank You - White Work Practice

I made this as a thank you card for a pupil who kindly bought me some lovely pot pourri as a Christmas gift.  I decided to also use it as an opportunity to practice my parchment white work, so I took photos after every stage.  I think I'm getting better, but practice makes perfect!
I decided to work on coloured parchment so that I could concentrate on the white work and not add any additional colour to the parchment itself.  I used a piece of the A5 Teal parchment from the mixed colour set from Claritystamp.  The line art is the ribbon Thank You with the extra words added below using the same A5 Groovi plate from Claritystamp.  The 'Kind' is the first few letters of kindness.  Once complete I added the frame from the A5 plate with the fancy frame and alphabet which comes with the complete Night Before Christmas Groovi set.
I took things really slowly with the white work.  To start with I used a 3mm ball tool and carefully went over all the areas which I wanted to emphasize; the ribbon writing, the frame and parts of the smaller words.  I left it for a couple of hours, then went over the whole piece again gently from behind, this time with the number 4 end of the ball tool which comes with the Groovi Starter kit from Claritystamp.  After the second lot of white work, I left the parchment to rest over night.  The following day, I went over the areas again with the number 4 ball tool, in places I also used the number 3 (particularly in the small dangling circles of the frame).
First session

Second session after an hour

Final session the next day
To mount the finished piece, I trimmed it to 14.7cm x 14.7cm and used a piece of gelli plate scrap behind it which was trimmed to the same size.  I didn't want to use glue or tape, so attached the parchment to the gelli plate piece with a small brad in each corner in a colour very close to the parchment itself.  I did compare the look with small white brads, but felt they were too distracting.  Finally the gelli print was glued onto a 14.7cm x 14.7cm premade white card blank.
The original gelli print

The section which I used

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